White River Bay

This is a quaint bay with drifting sailboats on the horizon and a calm crowd. The sunshine illuminates the sand and the sea, which both sparkle. The ocean floor is clear around the coastline, for great swimming and drifting. Access is fairly restricted to patrons of the resort.

Positioned a mile and a half east of downtown Ocho Rios, White River Bay is on the North East edge of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. If you can't wait to escape the stresses of city life, you'll appreciate that many of Jamaica's beaches are quiet and undisturbed. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're more likely to have fun at White River Bay, which is closer to all the action.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas will be available for use to visitors seeking a break from the hot sun. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

White River Bay with its offering of conveniences are of course located well within an area popular among tourist. As such, if you're sure that these amenities can make or break a good time, it'll likely be an appropriate reason to visit earlier in the day before the crowds or going to a beach further away. Otherwise, you could risk the amenities becoming unavailable.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on Jamaica's North East coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Sandals Golf and Country Club, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in mixing culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Coyaba River Garden and Museum, a lovely museum located easily within taxi range, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you can't wait to see as many of Jamaica's attractions as possible, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near White River Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 2.3 mi. S Jamaica
Wassi Art Pottery Works Art Gallery 2.3 mi. W Jamaica
Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino Slot Machine Arcade 2.4 mi. W Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 2.5 mi. W Jamaica
Coyaba River Garden and Museum Museum 3.1 mi. SW Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park 3.7 mi. W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

White River Bay is close to Ocho Rios, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Ocho Rios, a city which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From White River Bay, Ocho Rios is not far away, roughly a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because this beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be that tough to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. For vacationers looking to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the table below shows the closest accommodation options to White River Bay.

Accommodations near White River Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Couples Sans Souci 0.0 mi. S Resort
Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge 0.3 mi. SW Lodge
The Blue House 0.3 mi. ESE B & B
Shaw Park Beach Hotel All Inclusive 0.4 mi. WSW Hotel
Jamaica Inn 0.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Sandals Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Executive Shaw Park Guest House 0.9 mi. S Hotel
Sandals Grande Rivera 1.1 mi. WSW Resort
Harmony Hall 1.5 mi. W Cottages


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to visit a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the closest places to eat is Le Gourmet. This restaurant offers a menu of French food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near White River Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Gourmet (876) 906-3822 French Fine Dining 0.2 mi. E
Jamaica Inn Restaurant (876) 974-2514 International Informal 0.6 mi. WSW
The Reef Terrace Restaurant (888) 726-3257 Caribbean Informal 1.1 mi. W
Lobster Shack (876) 975-5106 Caribbean Very Casual 1.3 mi. E
Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar (876) 975-4785 Italian Informal 1.7 mi. E
Bibibip's Bar & Grill (876) 974-8759 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 1.9 mi. W
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 2.0 mi. W
Miss T's Kitchen (876) 795-0099 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 2.2 mi. W
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 2.2 mi. W
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 2.4 mi. W
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 2.5 mi. W
San-Mar Cafe (876) 795-1024 -- -- 2.5 mi. W

Other Beaches

Jamaica has many beaches, so if White River Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You might also enjoy Steer Town Beach, which is home to plenty of activity. You'll find it five and a half miles to the west. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, Shaw Park Beach may be a good choice. You'll find it just a little ways away.

You might also want to visit Tower Isle West Beach, located one and a quarter miles to the east.

Perhaps White River Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Jamaica you might like.


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